How In-Home Test Kits Fit Into Your Schedule

How In-Home Test Kits Fit Into Your Schedule

How In-Home Test Kits Fit Into Your Schedule

There are things you love to do and things that you have to do. Some health screenings fall into the latter. You may not be eager to have a colonoscopy, for example. But here’s some good news: With in-home test kits you can do many of these screenings right at home.

Blue Cross Medicare AdvantageSM members may be eligible for in-home preventive screenings for several conditions. The screenings can catch small health problems before they become bigger ones.

What Exactly is an In-home Test Kit?

A test kit contains everything you need to collect a sample (blood, urine, feces) that can be examined at a medical lab. The kits are mailed right to your home. Once you complete the test, you send it to a lab by mail.

What Types of In-home Test Kits are There?

Several screenings are available and can be done in the privacy and comfort of your home. Tests are available based on your needs and eligibility. A few examples include:

  • Diabetes glucose screening kit (A1c Blood test Kit)
  • Diabetes testing kit (urine test kit)
  • Colorectal Cancer screening kit (FIT kit)

When you receive one, simply follow the directions. When you finish, mail your sample to the lab in the labeled return kit. Results will be shared with you and your doctor (if your care provider is on file). Your doctor may follow-up with you about other screenings or treatment, if needed. You can always follow up with your doctor if you wish.

Who Can Participate?

Test kits are sent to individuals based on their:

  • Risk factors for disease
  • Date of last screening(s)
  • Medicare Advantage plan benefits

Your Blue Cross Medicare AdvantageSM Plan will send you an in-home test kit if you are eligible for a screening. You may not be eligible to participate if you’re already up-to-date on your screenings.

Why are These Screenings Important?

Some diseases do not have any symptoms, so routine screenings are important for early diagnosis and treatment. Early detection is key to staying healthy. Based on your unique health needs, you may be able to do multiple screenings at home.

Also, if you’re registered for the Rewards Program*, you could earn rewards for certain screenings, up to $100 each year!

*The Healthy Activity Portal is a website owned and operated by HealthMine, Inc., an independent company that provides digital health and personal clinical engagement tools and services for Blue Cross Medicare Advantage members. Registration is required to participate. Visit www.BlueRewardsNM.com   to register and see what Healthy Actions earn rewards. Maximum annual rewards of $100 in gift cards. One reward per healthy action per year. Healthy action dates of service must be in the current Plan year.  Healthy Actions that earn rewards are subject to change.
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Originally published 3/19/2019; Revised 2021

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